Two of the most-talked about films of last year were united by one thing; both David Cronenberg
" and Leos Carax
's "Holy Motors
" were set over a single day, and starred a protagonist being driven around a city in a limousine. But what if key participants in both were united in one single project? Surely limo-loving, arthouse-inclined movie fans would be dancing in the street if that were to be the case?
Well, get your dancing shoes on, because we're about to see a collaboration that's basically the Cannes Film Festival
version of the Traveling Wilburys
. According to Variety
, "Cosmopolis" author Don DeLillo
's novel "The Body Artist
" is heading to the big screen (slightly retitled "Body Art
"), with "I Am Love
" helmer Luca Guadagnino
writing and directing, and "Cosmopolis" producer Paolo Branco
shepherding it. And a diverse and fascinating cast has been assembled, with the legendary Isabelle Huppert
in the lead role, alongside "Holy Motors" lead Denis Lavant
and, yes, "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg
in a rare acting appearance.
DeLillo's 2001 novel follows performance artist Lauren Hartke (Huppert) grieving after the suicide of her film director husband (Cronenberg, perhaps?), who becomes increasingly alienated until she discovers a mysterious man (Lavant?) in her house. Guadagnino firmly arrived on the international scene with "I Am Love" a few years back, but has yet to follow it up, though he's had a number of projects on his slate, including
"A Bigger Splash
," a remake of the 1969 film "La Piscine
," and an adaptation of James Ellroy
's "The Big Nowhere
." It looks like this will be first, though; the film is being shopped at the Berlin Film Festival
, and is hoping to shoot in the summer. Cannes 2014, perhaps?